All too often people try to use exercise as a way to validate eating whatever they want.... “I just burned 500 calories in my HIIT class, so I can go enjoy brunch now”. This justification won’t result in progress, and in fact derails progress.
Unfortunately, our environment has shaped us to think that way. It is important to create a mindset that allows you to feel empowered and proud of how far you have come in your strength training program.
Training allows you to get strong, feel powerful, be motivated, and create muscle. Nutrition allows you to alter your body composition and fuel your training regimen. They go hand in hand.
Not sure where to start or feeling like you have hit a plateau? A DEXA Scan will give you a better idea as far as how much fat vs. lean muscle you have. On the nutrition end, the best place to start it by tracking your food intake for 3 days. This will highlight any red flags, and allow you to see where you can make some simple switches.
If you have questions, reach out to a professional who can provide guidance, education, and help you change your mindset that may be holding you back from your next break through.
Written by: Megan Osysko